My mother passed away last year and I was placed as the PR. I handled all her debts and creditors but, did not file the first account. Due to the delay in filing, there was a hearing (without my knowledge) and I was taken off as PR and a lawyer was placed in. He wants to sell the real estate... Read more »
Mr. Oakley is spot-on. You are telling us far too little to help, and you should not tell us more in an open forum like the web. You need a consult with a lawyer. But, from what I can glean from your facts, it looks like you were removed for gross incompetence because you failed to file the...Read more »
You should chat with a lawyer first to ensure you are within the letter of the lease, but, if WiFi is included in the lease, you are very likely within your rights to purchase a replacement of the contracted services and deduct the cost, including installation and services, from the rent. Giving...Read more »
Since your fact pattern includes that the mortgage was signed by both parties, the mortgage belongs to both parties, and your father's estate is responsible for his half in a tenancy in common. In any event, the closing agent is going to pay off the mortgage at closing and disburse the balance to...Read more »
Read your lease. Contact your rental premises, business loss, or other insurance policies (other than your professional malpractice policy). Meet with a lawyer now. Commercial rentals are not residential rentals, and the lease means what it says, but what it says may be subject to favorable...Read more »
I live in Baltimore City, MD & I own my house with a detached garage behind. In July a dying tree on city property fell over & caved in my garage roof. The city is denying responsibility because I "didn't call them to tell them the tree was dying". But in actuality in August of 2018 I called to... Read more »
If the structure is insured, make your claim and tell the insurer. They may wish to have you subrogate the claim to them to collect against the City. Once they pay for the damage, the proceeds from recovery usually belong to the insurer if they made a right of subrogation part of the policy. That's...Read more »
One thing I love about law practice is that I keep learning new things 35 years after I started practice and about 29 years after I became a Virginia lawyer. Interesting Code section. A trip to a real library rather than the Internet version would get the history of the statute first enacted before...Read more »
Our HOA is trying to introduce an amendment to modify the by-laws. They have notified (via mail) that if they fail to achieve quorum at the first meeting, tonight, that a second meeting will be called using 5-206. Presumably that meeting will be in mid-December. We are owners and previous residents... Read more »
Your situation sounds like a growing number of those kinds of cases we are seeing. Condo boards are taking steps to cut or eliminate remote ownership. Unfortunately, I see no alternative but to retain counsel to review the entire bylaws and the process as measured against the Code and to look for...Read more »
I'm on a very small HOA BOD. We recently collected a special assessment to fix a washed out culvert. We collected a special assessment based on an estimate we had received from a local contractor. We were able to repair the culvert for less with another contractor.
I'm selling my home in Allegheny County and buying another close by on a contingency of selling my house. The purchase of the new house has gone without a hitch. The sale of my current home however has been difficult. Buyer took a lot of time getting final documentation to her bank. Now her... Read more »
You have no privity with the buyer's bank, and they have no duty to you. Indeed, they have a duty of confidentiality with their customer, such that they should not tell you if the real problem here is the buyer. Your contract with the buyer controls your relationship. The buyer's contract with the...Read more »
It's very likely that backing out "because the appraisal came in higher" will be a breach of contract, but a lawyer reads the actual contract and looks for better reasons that the seller can -- or can be prevented from -- reneging.
My husband died without a will. All our "known" assets were joint owned so we did not see a need for probate since all he had went to me as surviving joint owner. I need some documented proof of inheritance to claim & sell some previously unknown property out of the country inherited by my... Read more »
There is no statute of limitations on filing a probate. I've filed DC estates that were over 20 years old. Your biggest problem may be that $30,000 was more than a small estate 21 years ago in Maryland, so I think you need to file a regular estate, and the procedures last millennium were less...Read more »
You almost certainly should be named in the sales contract if you will be on the deed unless the sales contract contains a provision for transferring or adding you. The deed should match the contract, and sometimes, it doesn't matter if it doesn't match the mortgage.
Order a title search from a reputable abstractor. That's what they do. If you you enter a contract contingent on the property being free and clear and the accepted contract is given to a lawyer doing the title transfer as a title agent, the title abstract is usually an included expense.
Yes, you can be sued. Indeed, you know that because apparently. You have been sued. If you knew and concealed a latent defect. You can also lose, potentially with treble damages, punitive damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees, depending on where. You need a lawyer now.
We closed on our house at 6pm Friday so the documents won’t be recorded until Monday. We’re also still working on finalizing an escrow holdback agreement for repairs seller needs to pay for post closing. It’s now Saturday and the sellers are asking for keys and access back to the property. We... Read more »
You are the owner as of closing without regard to recordation, at least as to the seller, but what form of fantasy would lead you to close with an unfinished escrow agreement for repairs that aren't competed!? How are they to do the repairs? How are you to take occupancy? Who is responsible of...Read more »
Co-tenancy isn’t majority rules unless the property is held by an entity like a corporation and the shareholders elect a board and president that orders sale. If the property is indivisible, like most homes, each owner has the right to occupy the whole, and each owner has the duty to contribute....Read more »
Possibly. You should report the issue to the title agent, but the title agent has an adverse interest, since he or she may be expected to correct the problem for free. You might also seek a consult with a local real estate lawyer.
What do the Covenants say about that? Do they incorporate any other documents, like bylaws? Do they create a governance system? Is that governance consistent with your state and sometimes local law? Did that governing body get duly selected in accordance with the applicable rules? Were the...Read more »
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